“Feeding the Future with Forgotten Foods” will be the topic of a guest lecture on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. on the campus of McPherson College. Professor Sayed Azam-Ali will speak in Brown Auditorium about his work with the Forgotten Foods Network, an initiative that aims to nourish the world population into the future.

In his presentation, Azam-Ali will explore how forgotten foods and the “forgotten” crops from which they are produced can help nourish a global population on a hotter planet without destroying the natural resources on which we all depend. The Forgotten Foods Network was launched in 2017 by Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, in partnership with Crops For the Future Research Center, where Azam-Ali serves as CEO.

Based in Kuala Lumpur, CFFRC is the world’s first center dedicated to underutilized crops for food and non-food uses. The essential concern of the CFFRC is that only four major crops now provide over 60 percent of the world’s food. Professor Azam-Ali studies ways to diversify the global food basket with nutritious crops in the face of climate change.

Azam-Ali has been recognized for his work with the Queens Anniversary Award for research in Global Food Security. He holds the chair in Global Food Security at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and until recently was the chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture, a nine-member alliance focused on increasing global food security by supporting smallholder agriculture within healthy sustainable and climate-smart landscapes.